rail·​ing | \ ˈrā-liŋ How to pronounce railing (audio) \

Definition of railing

1 : a barrier consisting of a rail and supports
2 : rails also : material for making rails

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Synonyms for railing


balustrade, banister (also bannister), guardrail, rail

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Examples of railing in a Sentence

He leaned on the deck's railing and watched the sun set. they had to put a childproof railing on the balcony when the baby started walking

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The Tumulus, as it is officially known, is under the jurisdiction of Historic England, a governmental body concerned with English heritage, and so, though most of the Heath is open meadow or woodland, the Tumulus is circled by sturdy iron railings. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "The Brexit Warnings to Be Found in Sheep Grazing in a London Park," 3 Sep. 2019 Taking a deep breath, Dokey flexed his fingers, like a pianist preparing for a concert, then found a place by the railing, just a few feet from the two men. Larry Millett, Twin Cities, "From the archives: Murder-on-a-stick: A Pioneer Press serial mystery novel (Chapter 1)," 21 Aug. 2019 The bamboo is used on site to create attractive, low railings along pathways. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Dish towel evokes memories of Monet," 11 July 2019 But in a pattern that has been established for months, more aggressive protesters began building barriers on city streets using sidewalk railings and bamboo poles. Austin Ramzy, BostonGlobe.com, "Hong Kong officer fires shot, and police use water cannons at protest," 25 Aug. 2019 The video likely shows regular bridge maintenance involving welding equipment, according to Stan Korosec, director of government relations and security with the Ambassador Bridge Co. Korosec said the bridge often undergoes railing and deck upkeep. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Sparks fly from Ambassador Bridge during maintenance," 15 Aug. 2019 As Kyrgios exited the court, a legion of young fans hung over the railing and pleaded for autographs or one of his sweaty towels. Adam Baum, Cincinnati.com, "Australian Nick Kyrgios has quickly become a favorite at the Western & Southern Open," 12 Aug. 2019 Their googly insect eyes stared at visitors from every railing and trail sign along the park's most popular tourist stop. Adriana Brasileiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Monster grasshoppers swarm Everglades," 19 July 2019 The two acre-lot house features a staircase with glass railings and a modern kitchen with a custom chef's table. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Paradise Valley mansion with full steam room and sauna sells for $7.4M," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of railing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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rail gun






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The first known use of railing was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of railing

: a barrier that is made of rails supported by posts


rail·​ing | \ ˈrā-liŋ How to pronounce railing (audio) \

Kids Definition of railing

1 : a barrier (as a fence) made up of vertical bars and their supports
2 : material for making rails

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